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What should I do about standing water in potted plant?

I have a large (70L?) moulded plastic pot which is filled with topsoil, and has a freshly planted lilac bush in it. I had noticed this pot did not have drainage holes at the bottom, but had thought ...
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Albino citrus seedling? and 1 year old grapefruit plant

A few months ago, I tried to get some citrus seeds from flea market fruit to sprout, but they didn't so I just buried them inside the pot of my grapefruit plant. Last week, I noticed that there was a ...
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Mushrooms instead of tomatoes

Two months ago, we sowed tomatoes and tomato seeds in a big pot. We watered them daily. Yesterday, instead of tomatoes, white mushrooms suddenly appeared in the pot. What happened? And what should we ...
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What precautions should I take when reusing soil in pots?

I live in a rented house, with minimal space for planting in beds, and am not allowed to modify the garden enough to change this. I grow a variety of fruit and vegetables in large pots, mainly ...
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How should I convert 5 gallon buckets into pots?

I don't have some pots/room in the garden to plant elephant garlic into, so I was planning to plant in 5 gallon pots. What do you suggest I do to make them into pots, but can use them in the winter?
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Why are my morning glories stunted/deformed?

I planted some morning glory vines (Ipomea sp.) outdoors in a box about 10 weeks ago (mid-March, I'm in Zone 8) and they've been underperforming the whole time -- the vines are not even a meter long, ...
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Can I place plants in the ground in the original pots they came from the nursery in?

I am redoing the landscaping left by the previous owners of my house. When going to nurseries I find that everything comes planted in a pot. When thinking lazily about it, at one time I considered ...
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Covering soil of Ponytail Palm

I recently acquired a ponytail palm, which is alive, though it wasn't taken care of well prior to my acquisition. One thing I noticed is that the pot was covered in rocks, that appear to be fused ...
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I've planted too many potatoes in 1 container

I'm a very novice gardener. In one potato sack I planted about 10 seed potatoes which I have since learnt is far too many. Is my potato harvest doomed? Can I remove some of the plants?
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How to save my plants after fertilizer overdose

Yesterday we accidentally put too much fertilizer into our pots. Today the leaves start to turn brown. Is there any way to save them? Some details: We have two pots - one with basil, one with ...
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What's the best way to care for this damaged plant?

This pot plant used to be double the size it is now, and was sitting on our outdoor table when some hungry cockatoos knocked it off and snapped off the other half of it. I've since moved it to ...
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Is my bird of paradise too crowded? Should I divide or repot it?

I have 3 bird of paradise plants in a 16" pot, and I am worried that they are getting too crowded. I water them 1-2 times per week and fertilize about every 3 months using 19-6-12 Osmocote smart-...
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Bonsai pot broke due to accident

I am a bonsai beginner and a friend gifted me a ficus bonsai. A stray cat got into the house and jumped on the table where I had kept my bonsai pot, tipping the table and breaking the pot. I wasn't ...
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What sort of pots are used in the pot-in-pot method?

The pot-in-pot method of growing uses a production pot inside another pot which is in ground. This allows you to swap pots easily, and some 20 good reasons why this might be a good idea are listed ...
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What's the best pot size for rose seeds germinated in the refrigerator?

I have taken rose seeds from my garden and put them in the fridge between moist paper towels. Does anybody know what size pot I should put the rose seeds in that have germinated in the fridge?
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How to replant bamboo/water based plants

I have had a bamboo for several years in this tiny glass pot. It has grown very much, but its time to move her to a bigger home. But how? the pot she was brought home in was large at the bottom and ...
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How do I grow sweet potatoes in a pot?

I planted some attractive sweet potato vines in a 6 inch deep pot -- about 1.5 ft in diameter. I didn't expect them to grow extensively. However, with watering regularly, they certainly are growing ...
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What would be good for aquaponics containers to keep prices low, that can sit on the ground (not in the ground)?

I'm working on setting up a prototype aquaponics demonstration environment, and was wondering what I could use for a cheap priced demonstration of an aquaponics research plant? The part I'm stuck on ...
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Is a 4x4x1ft raised bed too small for potatoes?

I'm wanting to grow potatoes in a garden bed. Unfortunately, suitable wood is relatively expensive (~$2 a foot for 1x12 cedar) and space is scarce. Would this be too small for half a dozen seed ...
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Is my Marigold plant dying?

Two weeks ago, I bought this outdoor flower plant to brighten up my herb garden. I don't know the name of the plant and I had put it outdoors.The plant is exposed to full sun for 6-7 hours. Sadly, the ...
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How to water a potless Tillandsia Cyanea?

I have a Tillandsia Cyanea that I have to do something with. It's by Living Trends and they put it in a small drainless pot with a magnet on the back. It's technically in a small pot within that pot, ...
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How often should I water potted vegetables and herbs with a garden hose?

My vegetables and herbs are all in pots outside in full sun. I don't have a drip system. I just water my plants by hand with the hose on the mist setting. How do I get the 1" per week amount of ...
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What is a 'Perched Water Table'?

In gardening, especially container gardening, you will run into the phenomenon called a 'Perched Water Table' (PWT). What is a perched water table, and how does it work?
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Who is eating my basil?

I have a basil plant and all of a sudden the leaves are full of holes as shown in the picture. I am not sure if these are related: Two days ago it rained fiercely and at some point there was also ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for what size of a pot you need to keep a plant in?

I keep quite a lot of potted plants around my house, and usually I just move them to a bigger pot when I notice that they're looking like they need more space. It would be kind of nice to be able to ...
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What flowering houseplant can I grow in a ceramic container with no drainage holes?

I have a thick ceramic planter that's made to hang on the wall. The back is flat. The sides and top round out to a diameter of 4 inches, and it's 5 inches tall. There are no drainage holes, and no ...
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Capsicum potted plants

I want to plant capsicum in a pot. Is it possible? If yes is a pot of 5 litres enough? Also how much does the plant grow? Please help.
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What size of plant pot should I be using for young chili plants?

I have 4 small chili plants (sorry not sure what variety they are), they have 3 sets of leaves. I re-potted them from a seed tray about 2 weeks ago. I'm a bit concerned the plant pot is too big? When ...
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proper drainage in aluminum foil dish, container

I have a bunch of aluminum foil dishes that are maybe 3" deep: I'm going to fill with soil and put on the roof of my apartment building. How should I prepare the container? Specifically, how do I ...
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Can I grow pineapple plants from seed, rather than crowns?

The other day, as I was eating pineapple, I noticed that it was full of seeds (see pic below for what they look like). I have grown plants from the crowns on top of the fruit (even a couple patented ...
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What is this plant from a package of mixed flower seeds?

I got a bunch of flower seeds off of amazon back during the summer. The majority of them are dead now, but this is the last remaining and I am not sure what flower plant it is. I planted back in the ...
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What is this black bug, how to control?

I am not aware what they flower name is but they flower all around the year. I am attaching a picture here, please help me identify the black crawling bug on the flowers and how can I control them. ...
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Is it okay to use left-over pasta water to water plants, including edibles?

We are having a drought in California, so I'm just wondering if I could reuse salted pasta water (after it cools) to keep the plants hydrated. Is this a good idea?
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Is it OK to grow plants in clear (transparent) pots?

I was using old clear (transparent) plastic meat packaging to grow plants in. Is that a good idea? Are there any side effects of roots possibly being exposed to the sun?
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Why do people use peat pots?

Recently I've discovered something called peat pots. Why should I use them? Why wouldn't I just put the plant directly into the ground? Is there any advantage?
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How do I help my kitchen window herb garden thrive?

For the last couple of years, I've been nursing along a sort of kitchen window herb garden consisting of cilantro, parsley, basil and chives. What I've done is bought live herb plants at our local ...
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How can I grow tomatoes in a pot?

Is it possible to grow tomatoes as a pot plant? In the limited space I have I can afford pot of maximum depth = 12 cm and diameter = 12 cm. what size pot will be ideal to start with? In India what ...
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What is a good source for free or inexpensive nursery pots?

Are there free (or low cost) sources for nursery pots? Presumably nurseries reuse them. I'd like to get a few dozen in varying sizes for starting vegetables.
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How to avoid fungus in a rainy season?

Last summer I decided to grow a tomato plant but I didn't know how to take care of it properly. After 2 months, it had caught early blight fungus. Since I am an amateur gardener, it took me a while to ...
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Can I propagate a Jasminum sambac from an already growing plant?

I already have a nicely flourishing Jasminum sambac outside my home. Its fragrance is so wonderful that I plan on growing it inside, near my room. Is there any way that I can grow it in a pot?
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Why are the leaves of my ginger plant turning brown?

I am trying to grow ginger and in the last three weeks the leaves turned brown. What is happening to my ginger? The rhizomes appears to be fine and no rot. In addition, I water them once every two ...
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How should I take care of a lemon plant in a container? [closed]

I have a lemon plant in my balcony in a container. I don't know how it grew there, but I am sure that it is a lemon plant. I haven't noticed its growth until now. I actually know nothing about lemon ...
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Can I move a self-seeded oak tree into a pot to keep it small?

An oak has self seeded in our garden. Has got to about a metre tall and seems happy. We don't have anywhere near enough space for an oak but seems a shame to kill it. Can we move it to a pot to keep ...
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How do I perk up a Gray Oak I just planted whose leaves are turning yellow and brown?

I planted a container-grown Gray Oak tree in my yard last weekend, and it isn't looking very happy so far. Its leaves are turning yellow and then brown around the edges. The Gray Oak is supposed to be ...
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What soil mixture should I use for my Schefflera?

I'm on here again, asking more questions about my office's Schefflera that I'm in charge of. You can find pictures and a previous question here: Whats the next step to improving my schefflera? I ...
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Why is my lucky bamboo turning yellow? [duplicate]

I have a wrapping of bamboo stalks, maybe 20 or so stalks tied together. 3 or 4 stalks have died one at a time the past 2 months - they start to get yellow-greenish, then more yellow over time. The ...
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Advice on potted heathers please!

I don't have a garden, but I have taken to having window boxes with some wild flowers from seed and keeping herbs, which is working out great so far. However, recently I bought heathers, a range inc. ...
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Has anybody had any success using 5 gallon buckets as planters?

I've recently became interested in starting some outdoor planters this coming spring. After searching around, I found an interesting idea off of Popular Mechanics using 5 gallon drywall buckets as ...
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Concerned about wintering a potted banana tree

I have been growing this Musa Basjoo plant from a small pup for about three years. It is now 6 feet. This was the first year that I will not be able to bring it inside the house for the winter. It ...